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Real estate agent charged with breach of trust

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster real estate agent is facing multiple breach of trust charges in connection with more than $15,000 in missing funds from her workplace, according to newly released arrest warrants. 

Kimberly Williams West, 46, 1505 Magnolia Drive, was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with seven counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent, per arrest warrants released Jan. 15 by the Lancaster Police Department. 

In the warrants, Lancaster Police Sgt. Greenlee reports that he spoke with two employees of Coldwell Banker on Sept. 7 about the missing funds. 

According to the warrants, the employees reported that West deposited checks into her personal account in the amounts of $1,822, $2,900, $1,042.50 and $1,192.50. They said the checks were supposed to be deposited into a Coldwell Banker account and that employees only receive a portion of the sales. 

Greenlee met with the employees again Oct. 5 to discuss another missing check for $2,540. The checks are the result of finalized deals on purchased properties. 

“Ms. West is only supposed to receive a certain percentage of sales, but instead she kept the full check and deposited it into her own account,” Greenlee said in one of the warrants. 

Using a search warrant, Greenlee received documents from Founders Federal Credit Union on Oct. 15 showing two other deposits into West’s bank account for $500 and $4,697, the warrants said.  

Two weeks later, on Oct. 29, the Coldwell Banker employees reported that one more check had been deposited, in the amount of $1,000. 

The total amount of funds reported taken is $15,694. 

West was released Nov. 9 on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond and the charges are still pending, per the S.C. Judicial Department website. 

Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant confirmed West’s arrest last November, but did not elaborate on the charges then, citing an ongoing investigation. 

 

 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416